On Journaling

So I’ve been talking a lot about journals lately but for those of you who like blank books but get intimidated by a blank page how do you start filling your pages? Or maybe you just need a bit of spark to get back into journaling – I know I could use a bit of spark myself right now.

I have been checking out these books which I think will be good companions for anyone who enjoys journaling.

  • Note to Self by Samara O’Shea. From the book jacket: “A tribute to the healing and reflective power of the written word, Note to Self demonstrates that sometimes being completely honest with yourself is the most dangerous and rewarding pursuit of all.” I like that this focuses more on the why it’s important to journal. This was a book sent to me by the author and I’m very excited to start it soon.
  • 1,000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol. This is one of those books you ooh and ah over. If you like to draw, collage or do more of the visual journaling then this is a book for inspiration. I hope to add this one to my collection soon.
  • True Vision by L.K. Ludwig. If the 1,000 Artist Journal Pages book inspires you but you don’t know just how to go about doing visual journals, then this might be the book for you. It offers techniques and prompts to get you into telling your stories with some art.
  • The Red Leather Diary by Lily Koppel. Ok, so this is not necessarily a how-to but from what I’ve heard from some friends and reviewers of this book, it’s a good story about a discarded diary and the story it contains. See, get writing, maybe one day your journals will be discovered and talked about. Or, is that what’s keeping you from writing? heh. I hope to read this book sometime this year, thanks to Isabel who shared her copy, it’s waiting for my on my bookshelf.

If you have some other favorite books on journaling I’d love to hear about them.

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